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“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sal Zaffino's entire family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Gerald Yeung - White Plains, NY

“Dear Marion, Peter and all of Sal's loving family:I feel really sad writing this letter. I know you will all miss Sal terribly and it may not be of...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Britt Newhouse - Bonita Springs, FL

“Dear Marion and familySo sorry to read of Sal's passing. He was such a good man.wendell had some real estate deals with Sal and was so impressed with...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Duncan - Farmington, CT

“I worked closely with Sal as Head of Marketing & Communications at Guy Carpenter. Sal was a wonderful leader, especially after 9-11. He was fare,...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: John Greene - Plainview, NY

“Peter, My sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad, Sal. I remember very well how he (and Britt) calmed everyone at Guy Carpenter following 9...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Our prayers and condolences on the passing of SalSusanne and Stan Galanski ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“I worked under Sal at Guy Carpenter, and was also there during 911.Sal was a strong leader who instilled confidence in those who followed him, and in...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ruth Rohler VanWhy - PA

“Dear Zaffino Family,Sal will be missed by so many. He was such a good person in so many ways. I have deep faith that he is in the arms of the Lord...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Dave Schupp - West Granby, CT

“I worked for Sal as his HR Director at Guy Carpenter. He was a strong leader, great boss and a wonderful person. I truly enjoyed knowing him. May he...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Arlene Vaquer - Wingdale, NY


Salvatore D. (Sal) Zaffino of Darien, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island, entered eternal life on April 19th, 2020. He was born in New Rochelle, NY, to the late Salvatore and Carmella Zaffino on August 11th, 1945.

Sal served his country as a sergeant in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in the late 1960's.

He was a highly respected business leader, spending more than 40 years in many senior positions in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Among these roles, he served as CEO of the Crump Companies in Memphis, TN, CEO of Sedgwick Re of London, England, and Chairman and CEO of Guy Carpenter, a subsidiary of the insurance giant Marsh and McLennan Companies.

A defining moment of Sal's career came on September 11th, 2001, during his tenure as CEO of Guy Carpenter, whose world headquarters were located in Two World Trade Center. He led the company through this enormously difficult period and received several awards globally for his personal contribution to restoring operations.

Sal retired in 2009, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He spent most of his time after retirement enjoying his family, consulting and living in Newport with his wife Marion of 54 years.

Sal was also a committed philanthropist and was involved in several charities. In particular, he established a foundation benefitting HARC, in Hartford, Connecticut, in honor of his late grandson Alex.

Sal's great joy was his family nearly all of whom remain in or near his home in Connecticut. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Peter and his wife, Kirsten, of Darien, Connecticut, his daughter Jacqueline Benton and her husband, Garrett, of Simsbury, Connecticut, and his son Jonathan and his wife, Marnie, of New Canaan, Connecticut, and his brother Nicholas Zaffino and his wife, Brenda, of Danbury, Connecticut.

Sal's 11 grandchildren are Gregory Zaffino of New York, NY, Caroline Zaffino and Brian Zaffino of Darien, Connecticut, the late Alex Benton, Anna Benton, and Connor Benton of Simsbury, Connecticut, Matthew Zaffino, Annie Zaffino, Laurel Zaffino, Lindsay Zaffino, and Charlie Zaffino of New Canaan, Connecticut.

A private burial will take place in Simsbury, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to honor Sal's memory, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Donation Page) in support of continued research to finding a cure for Parkinson's or HARC – Alex Benton Foundation (Donation Page).